AUSTIN, Texas — Book TV will air a lecture by UT Law Professor Calvin Johnson on his book, Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution on Sat., April 29, at 11 a.m. (Central Daylight Time). This is part of a series looking at non-fiction history books on the network.
Johnson argues that the U.S. Constitution was adopted because of the Founding Fathers' anger at the states for their failure to pay the requisitions that would have helped pay off the Revolutionary War debt. This event was hosted by the Harvard Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 15.
Calvin H. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College (Philosophy) and his law degree from Stanford. Before entering teaching, he was a tax lawyer with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City and with the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C. He has been Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, a member of the IRS Commissioner's Advisory Group and of the Academic Advisers on the Tax System to the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. He has served as Chairman of the American Bar Association Tax Section Committee on Tax Structure and Simplification and as Chairman of the American Association of Law School, Tax Section.
Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders Constitution (Cambridge University Press 2005) is a history of the adoption of the Constitution in terms of what the Founders were attempting to accomplish. In the constitutional law area, Professor Johnson has also recently published "The Panda's Thumb: The Modest and Mercantilist Orginal Meaning of the Commerce Clause," 13 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1 (2004); "Fixing the Constitutional Absurdity of the Apportionment of Direct Tax," 21 Constitutional Commentary 2 (2004); "Homage to Clio: the Historical Continuity from the Articles of Confederation into the Constitution," 20 Constitutional Commentary 463 (2004).
About Professor Johnson: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/chj7107/
Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/calvinjohnson/righteousanger/
Book TV: http://www.booktv.org/